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Low-Carb Grocery List: Shopping Guide for Indian Keto Dieters [+PDF]

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I did a really crazy thing for all of you today. I emptied the contents of my fridge and clicked images of all the things I eat or use in my Ketogenic lifestyle. Most of these pictures are from my kitchen and the others are of products that I often use at home.

Before the questions begin, I must emphasize one more time that these sauces, cheese and other foods cannot be added randomly to your diet. You have to make your diet plan according to your macros. So what might work a tsp for me might work as half a tsp for you or more.

But I can tell you for a fact that all food items on this grocery list are low carb and very low sugar. I am really excited about this post as once I took the pictures I realized that we have so much to eat. So grab your shopping note pads and, let’s have a party.

I have divided the food into simple categories, and if I missed out on something please let me know.

1. Butter and Cheese

Amul Pasteurised Butter
Amul Butter – Pasteurised 500g pack
Amul Cheese – Cubes 200g pack
Amul Cheese Spread – Plain 200g pack
Amul Cheese – 10 Slices 200g pack
Britannia Cheese – Cubes 200g pack
Britannia Cheese Spreads – Classic 180 g box
Amul Butter with Garlic and Herbs
Britannia Processed Cream Cheese
Go Cheese Spread – Olive and Herbs 200g pack

Luckily, for us, India is the land of milk and butter. We have different brands of butter and milk in every state and most of them procure milk from the local farmers. Once you get the hang of it, I suggest you survey the different brands and add more variety to your pantry.

From my observation, Amul Butter is the saltiest, if you compare it to Britannia and Go. Britannia processed cheese does not become hard on baking, where Amul processed cheese is a big no for baking.

Amul pure milk cheese 200 gram pack

Go Cheese, on the other hand, has the least salt and they have a lot of variety in cheese spreads. My personal favourite is Go Cheese Spread – Olive and Herbs. Their triangular cheese cubes are very delightful too and can be carried to work as a snack.

In the picture, you can see a small packing of Amul butter, which I find very convenient to use and to carry while travelling. The idea might sound very appalling to some, but I love to bite into it when it is cold like cheese. Also, let me clarify that Amul is in fact “grass fed butter,” only thing is that it is not mentioned in bold on the pack.

2. Peanut Butter

Zucchero Peanut Butter
Zucchero Peanut Butter Creme 200g jar
Zucchero Peanut Butter Crunch 320g jar
Skippy Peanut Butter Crunchy 340g jar
Dr.Oetker Fun Foods Peanut Butter Creamy 400g jar
Dr.Oetker Fun Foods Peanut Butter Crunchy 400g jar
Skippy Creamy(Peanut Butter) 462g jar
Skippy Peanut Butter Crunchy 340g jar

Buy peanut butter only if you think you have the will power to stop at two or three spoons, or else avoid it. It however can be used to make very yummy fat bombs.

3. Cream

Amul Whipping Cream 250 ml tetra pack

The cream can be used as a creamer for your coffee. I also like to have it sometimes just like that with stevia and cocoa. The Amul Whipping cream seems to vanish from the aisles as soon as it arrives, so I always buy it in bulk and then freeze it in ice-cube trays.

That way I have cream almost all year round in my freezer. And since we use very little of it, I have seen that the opened tetra pack goes bad in the fridge too. And please remember cream can sometimes cause stalling, so don’t go overboard with it.

4. Cocoa

Hershey’s Cocoa Powder 225 gram pack
Hershey’s Cocoa Powder 225g jar
Hershey’s Special Dark Cacao 226g jar
Weikfield Cocoa Powder 50g jar

Cocoa should always be there in your pantry. It is used for fat bombs, for sprinkling over cream, in chia seed puddings and sometimes over the Bullet Proof Coffee too. When I started Keto I, more than a year back the Hershey’s unsweetened Cocoa available in the market were imported, but now it is being manufactured in India and is easily available.

If you stay in a remote place like me, then in the absence of this brand, our mothers trusted brand Welkfield can be used. I highly recommend the Hershey’s dark cocoa, when you make fat bombs with that they taste like any premium dark chocolate.

5. Tangy Sauces

Real Thai Fish Sauce 200ml bottle
Real Thai Sauce – Fish 200ml bottle
Real Thai Sriracha Extra Hot Chilli Sauce 430ml bottle
Real Thai Black Pepper Wok Sauce 150 ml bottle
Real Thai Sesame Hot Sauce 200 ml bottle

Now since we cannot have the normal sugar laden tomato sauce in Keto, so you only have two choices either you make your own Keto Tomato Sauce at home or you look for brands that are low on carbs and sugar and high on flavour.

Once boiled eggs with just salt and pepper got really boring, I too went out exploring the stores in Chandigarh. I found that Real Thai, was a nice brand, not very expensive and they have a very wide range of products too. The flavours suit our Indian palette pretty much and it is easily available too.

But just cos you got a sauce that is low on carbs doesn’t mean that you make a meal out of it. In Keto little restraint goes a long way. I have used all these four sauces, and am very pleased with them. The fish sauce takes a little getting used to but can be used to make soups richer and goes very well in Thai food.

6. Thai Quick Meals

Real Thai Curry Paste 50 gram Sachet

I have just recently developed taste for Thai food and I admit it is a welcome change. Thai is very fuss free cooking and all it asks for is a little getting used to. The taste I admit is very different from our basic Indian food, but if you tweak it a little it turns out to be a bowl of Keto goodness, with very low carb figures.

Real Thai Curry Paste Sachets Combo

Most Thai dishes ask for addition of palm sugar, which I replace with stevia. And they ask for a lot of coconut milk, but I have always used half the quantity and it tastes just fine. You can experiment and see what intensity you prefer.

7. Coconut Milk and Buttermilk

Mother Dairy Chach (Buttermilk) Tadka Drink 250 gram pouch

Another thing that you will always find in my fridge is coconut milk, soya milk and buttermilk.

Real Thai Coconut Milk 400ml pack

The coconut milk can go into your late-night coffee, it is added to your soups, stews and Thai foods. It can also be used to make your decent cup of tea, meat gravies and can be added to your chia seed puddings.

The buttermilk is a life saviour when you want to have something cold and refreshing. I have tried buttermilk from Amul and Mother Dairy, and I prefer the latter more than the former. Dabur Coconut milk is easily available in all stores, sadly not in my sleepy town, but you can choose any good brand, even homemade will do.

If you allow a can of coconut milk to stand overnight, when you open it in the morning the top layer is the coconut cream which is rich in fat. Again like cream, the milk goes bad even in the fridge, so always buy small tetra packs and use quickly. In my fridge, you will also find green olives pitted and jalapeno all year round.

Loreto Sliced Jalapeño in Brine 220 gram jar

I like to add them to my mayo salad, to my omelettes and also to my paneer.

8. Pickles and dips

Keto food in the absence of ginger, garlic, onions and tomatoes can get very boring. In order to spice it up you can add a spoonful of pickle sometimes. While I do not recommend any kind of mango pickle or chutney as it is very high in carbs, any pickle that has a vinegar base, or is made with dried red chillies, green chillies, lime juice is a safe option.

Tamarind is very high in carbs and should be avoided. Keya is a Goanese company and I first saw their products in Westside Chandigarh. But now they are easily available everywhere. They have all kinds of pickles and chutneys to offer and why I personally like them is because they also offer non-vegetarian pickles. My personal favourite is their fish and chicken pickle.

As a rule, always check the label of whatever you buy and eat. And whenever you are eating something readymade, eat in moderation, going overboard can sometimes backfire very badly.

9. Herbs and Pink Salt

Priya’s Keto Low Carb Shopping List

When you saute your meats and eggs you look for spices and herbs that give it a delicate flavour, without adding additional carbs. If you break the fixed ideas of adding haldi, mirchi, dhania powder to all you eat, then there is a whole world of herbs and spices out there. Just put on your creative shoes and be ready to experiment.

The most essential ingredient of all your foods should be Himalayan Granulated or Powdered Pink Salt. It is not “sendha namak”, and it is not our regular kala namak. This salt is rich in minerals and will help you in maintaining the right electrolyte balance inside your body.

10. Garlic and Onion Powder

Priya’s Keto Low Carb Shopping List

The reason I am sharing the picture of the salt grinder is so that you know that this is an easy way to carry pink salt with you. It can be kept in your desk, dashboard and can be added to all you eat, even drink. The onion and garlic powder are also essentials for bachelors and other people who don’t have fully equipped kitchens.

And for the reason, that onion and garlic in powder form are much stronger in taste and flavour. And you need to add very little to any meat or veggies that you are cooking.

11. Essential Oils

Figaro Olive Oil 200 ml Tin
  1. Patanjali Coconut Oil, 200ml
  2. Figaro Olive Oil Tin Figaro Olive Oil Tin, 200ml

Like many of you, I got hooked to Bullet Proof coffee from day one. And I think that was mainly because I picked a coconut oil that had no smell at all. I have tried other oils too but I keep coming back to Patanjali as it has no smell at all and also because it is easily available and economical too.

I use coconut oil in my coffee, tea and sometimes for sauteing chicken and lamb. I use olive oil for marination as coconut oil becomes hard in Shimla.

Patanjali Coconut oil 200 ml pack

Butter gets burnt in a pan on so I always add that to my boiled eggs or have it hard and cold. You can pick any good brand of olive oil, just ensure that it is not “pomace”.

12. Teas

Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Leaf Tea Bag Pack

If you are Indian you can’t do without tea, like me. There is nothing more comforting than a hot cup of tea, on a rainy day, on a gloomy day or for that matter any day. I start my day with a cup of green tea followed by my coffee. Somedays I skip the coffee and have tea instead.

I make it with coconut milk or simple black. At my desk, you will always find Taj Mahal tea bags and stevia. Surprisingly, the tea bags taste better than the tea leaves. The lemon tea is very decent too and gives you a good break from green tea. I recently added the Keya Chai Masala, to my pantry and if you like masala tea then you will totally love this masala.

13. Coffees

Nescafe Classic Instant Coffee Powder (90 gram) Jar

When you are out, alone, socializing, or doing nothing a hot cup of coffee provides you with comfort and so much satisfaction. From being that woman who used to scrutinise the aisles for all kinds of biscuits and chocolates, I now look for different types of teas and coffees.

In this hunt, I have tried many different kinds of brands. I was once travelling to Goa by train and I happen to try Continental Coffee and totally loved the robust flavour in it.

Continental Coffee Speciale Instant Coffee 50g Sache

My all-time favourite coffee will still be Nescafe Classic, followed by Bru Gold.

Mocha Pot

Recently I invested in a Mocha Pot and now on Sundays, I have a big mug of Lavazza coffee.


Once you start exploring you will realise that there is a whole world of coffee out there. Same goes for tea when you travel the length of India you will discover many new brands.

14. Nuts and Seeds

Chia Seeds / Flax Seeds

Urban Platter Raw California Almonds 0.5 kg glass Jar

Pumpkin Seeds / Almond Seeds

Nuts and seeds provide you with the perfect options for snacking in Keto. Besides making Keto namkeen with them, you must add them to your diet to provide you with essential nutrients, fibre and instant energy.

True Elements Pumpkin Raw Seeds 150 gram sachet

As a rule, I have six almonds every day and sometimes pumpkin seeds. If you have almonds at home making almond flour is a two-minute job and chia seeds are great for so many puddings.

15. Sugar Free and Stevia

Stevia is an essential part of our Keto Lives. There are many brands in the market today that you can choose from. Where I live the only brand that I get easily is Gaia and I must tell you that it has no after taste.

You can try different brands and then settle for one that you like the best. I also keep Sugarfree powder, sachets and liquid at home as a backup. You can use Sugar-Free for baking and for making fat bombs. But personally, I would suggest that you stick to stevia as a safe and long-term option.

You can download the free PDF version of this grocery list here.

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This brings me to the end of this exhaustive list. Do let me know if I missed out on any essential ingredients and if you use other low carb brands do share them with me.

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